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Letter: Norwalk City Sheriff Should Be Proactive

NORWALK, Conn. — Democrat Vinny Mangiacopra is running for city sheriff. His campaign has released this statement:

Vinny Mangiacopra believes he can bring something different to the city sheriff position this November. Mangiacopra, 29, is the Democratic nominee for the citywide post. Recent city sheriffs have not used the role effectively, according to Mangiacopra. "It's one of those municipal offices that seems to get a bit overlooked. I see it as something that should be a resource for the community since you're constantly dealing with people in need," he said.

"It's time for all of our elected officials to step their game up, no matter how insignificant the office is perceived," Mangiacopra continued.

The Norwalk City Charter defines the duties of the city sheriff position as one similar to that of a constable, a legal process server within the jurisdiction of Norwalk. There are multiple elected constables, however, there is only one city sheriff. Mangiacopra knows that the sheriff can be more than just a paper pusher. "The sheriff deals with very sensitive areas. In times when your life is in disarray, you look for the assistance of people who can handle your business in a professional and compassionate manner. I plan on providing this level of quality public service as well as being a sheriff that is a community resource."

Mangiacopra brings a wealth of public sector experience to the ballot this November. He holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of New Haven along with a bachelor's degree from Sacred Heart University. His work experience includes serving in roles with Congressman Jim Himes, the town of Monroe (economic development department), the Bridgeport Probate Court and various public affair and business development projects. He is also a Norwalk District D Democratic Chair, Norwalk Democratic Town Committee executive board member and graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

Democratic Town Chairman Marc Bradley knows Mangiacopra will be an asset as an elected official. "Vinny's experience and 'get things done' attitude have been invaluable as we progress in growing our party. There certainly will be a 'New Sheriff in Town' when he's elected in November," Bradley concluded.

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